Sheraton Downtown Charlotte / Le Meridian

As it turns out, the Sheraton and Le Meridian are connect and the gym is on the Le Meridian side. It’s a nice way to show you how the other half lives before you trudge back to your lowly Sheraton room. I kidd, I kidd. This Sheraton particular Sheraton is well maintained and the staff has been super friendly and helpful.

As for the gym, another good spot. High, like 20ft high, ceilings in the gym get rid of the usual clostriphopic basement feeling of some hotels. Big windows looking in the 20M pool and  hot tub extend this wide open feeling. As for specs:

6 treadmills
4 elipticals
4 bikes
Weights up to 50lb dumbells
Usual array of machines
Swiss ball
Jump rope
A lot of open space for working out
Pool appears clean, well lit

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We are busy. We are overbooked. We are traveling. We are unmotivated. We are tired. We are agitated. We are unproductive. We are overweight. We are unhappy. We are why. I'm a pharmacist, I travel regionally for work and have been all of these things. What elevates me from these emotional ditches? Good health. My nearly 100 year-old Italian grandmother "Nana" said a long time ago: "If you don't have your health, you don't have nothing." Considering she still rakes leaves and gives me hell for, well, just about everything, I think she's pretty damn sharp and fit. On the other end of the spectrum: My dad died at 65 from a heart attack. He was a diabetic, a previous smoker, a recovered drug addict, a food addict, hypertensive, arthritic, immobile nearing amputation and, simply, wasn't living. For all intensive purposes, I'm fit and healthy. Armed with degrees in biology and pharmacy (read: loans) and these two family stories, you'd think staying on track is easy. Newsflash: it's not. Traveling / Working / Fathering / Mothering / fill-in-the-blanking are obstacles we all have to overcome. So, how do we do it? Suitcase Fitness was born from the hope that by sharing my small health and fitness victories while traveling, others may be inspired to find new ways to stay engaged with their health. My vision is that others will use this venue to share their "baggage" and small steps taken to overcome health challenges. I get by with a little help from my friends. - The Beetles The things that last, never happen overnight. - Slaves

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